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Crustal Structure, West Orkney Basin, imaged by MOIST Interpretation

VSA Author: Rob Butler
Date Created: 2021-03-12

An interpretation of the first profile acquired by the BIRPS programme in 1981: MOIST. It images the crustal structure of the West Orkney Basin area, offshore N Scotland. Compare with interpretations of other BIRPS profiles that were acquired over the following years, with increasingly effective acquisition and processing strategies (WINCH-1, DRUM and GRID-17).


  • Interpretation Administrator:
    • Rob Butler
  • VSA Author:
    • Rob Butler

Geological Interpretation

Deformation Structures
Normal Faults

Moho, Continental Crust

Geological Context

Plate Settings and Margins
Passive, Continental


Basin Setting
Continental Rifts

Geographic Context

Physical Geography

Political Geography
United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland


Survey Information
Marine, Multichannel 2D, >10s, Migrated

Data Presentation
Vertical Scale - Time, Amplitude

Image Type
Vertical Profile